WANDERLUST: Finding Home

Wanderlust is a project that looks at walking, not as an exercise of getting from one place to another. It explores walking as an activity that brings the past and the present together, a walker walks through his or her old experiences, while creating a new present as s/he heads towards their future. In this manner walking knits through the fabric of time and provides us with infinitely fertile experiences that are renewed every time we take a walk down the same road. This project is a personal exploration of the concept of home. It follows me as I walk through experiences and places that have made me who I am; it is my search for home or lack there of.

The journey of a wanderer is forever on going, and the need to make sense of the world is insatiable. This project looks to explore a personal concept of home through time – it is literally a walk that connects through my past, present and future. The work deals with emotions of nostalgia and pain while it documents spaces that are of personal importance. At some point documentation gives way to discovery – wherein new spaces and interactions appear when one is closely documenting a space – giving it more meaning.

The project’s aim is not one of cartography – for it is in no way a geographical survey of a space. Even though the starting point of the project is purely geographical, the narrative develops from the walk that makes the mind wander along with the body. Therefore this project aims to let the viewer engage with the space at a personal level – elevating it from just the geography and moving into the realm of human interaction and emotions associated with a space.

In all, Wanderlust documents a glorious walk in the search for home. It encapsulates our basic need for belonging and the comfort that we derive from known spaces. For a solitary body continually looks for the tangible space that it can call home.  

This project was chosen as a finalist in the Visual Design Category of the Taiwan International Student Design Competition 2015.